Header image: the aptly named’ Grumpy Gulls’, which I photographed in the window of the Blue Lias Gallery in Lyme Regis: Artist Annette Rydin. Cornish Creature Co.

I’m Alison James, Professor, National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the HEA and accredited LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator. I’m a speaker-writer-adviser-workshopper on things HE and an experienced professional coach. Since 2020, like most of us, I’ve spent inordinate amounts of time on Zoom; developing and running courses,providing webinars, speaking on play and creativity at international events, analysing research data and writing. You can find details of my recent activities here. I’ve also been coaching executives and educators remotely. Thank goodness for comfy chairs. (If any of that interests you, do please click on the links above)

engaging imagination.com gets its name from the book I wrote with Professor Stephen Brookfield  Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers. Though the book came out in 2014 you can still access information and companion materials for it on this site.

Intertwined with imagination is my interest in playful and creative learning. Since 2019 I have been undertaking a study on The Value of Play, which you can read about through the links above and also here.

This builds on the international edited collection I published with Dr Chrissi Nerantzi The Power of Play: Creativity in Tertiary Learning. It collects over 40 examples of play in higher education internationally and shows that play can be at the heart of advanced learning in almost any context. It was published by Palgrave MacMillan in early 2019 and is available as an e-book and hardcover copy. By December 2019 chapters from our book had been downloaded 13,871 times in 26 countries. And then this…

UPDATE! We are delighted to announce that as of January 2022 there have been over 36,000 downloads of The Power of Play in HE

Power of play hardback photo

1 thought on “Welcome

  1. Hi Alison! I am Exec Director of CIRCE–the Centre for Imagination in Research Culture and Education at SFU in BC, Canada. I also created and run the imaginED blog–would love to chat!!! Love your work and would love to share it with the world! (Gillian Judson)

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